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Sep 19, 2005 12:10 pm


Deadly Disasters and Glo-bal-oney Warming



My trusty local paper has listed the top ten U.S. natural disasters according to the number of estimated deaths. It consists of seven hurricanes, the Johnstown Flood, a tornado, and the (1906) S.F. Earthquake. By far the worst disaster was the Galveston Hurricane (1900).

Nine of the ten most deadly natural disasters occurred during the period from 1881 to 1938, with three major hurricanes occurring in the period 1881-1883. Katrina, the first event to make the top ten since 1938, does not even crack the top five.

Although this is a crude measure that does not take into account many variables, it does tend to weaken the argument that deadly hurricanes have something to do with global warming.


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